Feb 15, 2013 3:00am PST
if you looked at cnn yesterday afternoon, the killing in syria, it came to an end. >> it did. >> yesterday on capitol hill, republicans and democrats hugged. the whole idea of an historic hold on the secretary of defense, they said, you know what? let's put this to the side because of this cruise ship debacle. i mean, mika, all of the things we worry about -- the national debt clock stopped. >> basically the world stopped. >> we don't have to worry. paul krugman's right. we don't have to worry anymore because cnn tells us that this cruise ship was the only story that mattered yesterday for 24 hours. >> that's right. >> and you know what? makes me feel pretty good about the state of the world. >> and i'm glad they're home. >> that nothing is happening to that degree that they can do that. i think that's very exciting for all of us. i'm very pleased. >> it's very good when the world stops to be told that. >> perspective it be reassuring. >> it's all relative. that's true. >> it's all relative. syria, come on. people are dying. middle east peace breaking up. that doesn't matter.
Feb 10, 2013 12:00pm PST
so of one branch of government. >> former secretary of defense, robert gates, on cnn's "state of the union" this morning spoke up for a check on the president's ability to take on these attacks as well. take a listen to this. >> i think some check on the ability of a president to do this has merit as we look to the longer-term future. >> why not have a judicial or a congressional panel as part of the process, general? >> well, i think congressional oversight is absolutely required. we do that with cia operations in general anyway. and clearly, congress retains the power to fund or not fund programs, to impeach the president or senior officers of the government. we do want checks and balances, but congress is not a good decision-making branch for wartime operations, and seshlg essentially, that's what we're doing here, we're trying to keep another 9/11 from happening. and primarily, i might add, these aren't operations in canada and france. >> right. >> we're talking ungoverned, lawless areas of the world. >> peter baker, "the new york times" this morning, i'm sure you saw this
Feb 7, 2013 3:00am PST
of information whether it's a fax machine to satellite tv or cnn breaking the stranglehold of power on eastern europe. >> that's really cool. >> you talked to him in '80, '81 -- >> solidarity. >> -- could you tell at that moment that -- >> absolutely. >> -- history was turning, that it was about to be bent? >> here's what you can tell, which i worry about the current twitter and facebook revolutions. you can tell that there was a movement happening but with real leaders who had been tested by standing on the gates of the shipyard or going to jail as javel had done. and this is another story that you did when you did the man of the year on it, tend to be leaderless. they don't have somebody forged by fire leading them. and that was the big difference of the revolutions of the '80s and the fall of communism. >> all right. the new cover of "time" is "the republican savior." rick stengel, thank you so much. walter, thank you as well. >> it's always good to be on with a great successful editor. >>> up next, "morning joe" theater guru, jordan roth takes us behind the scenes of barry manilow's new pr
Feb 12, 2013 3:00am PST
that will be on that street tonight, they're not watch iing those either. >> "time" magazine cnn political analyst, mark halperin, and former chairman of the republican national committee and commentator for nbc news and news analysts for npr, cokie rockets. you're wearing purple. >> i am. i am wearing purple and gold and beads i left in the makeup room. i'll bring them later. >> i like the beads. >> being a good catholic from norms, you can talk about it. >> i speak pope. >> and your mom was ambassador to the vatican in the '90s. that ain't nothing. >> no. it was quite fabulous. we loved it. got to go to rome all the time. i got to meet the pope then john paul the 2nd. then what happened happened and my mother found herself representing bill clinton to the pope. >> how exciting for her. >> it was a challenge. >> i guess it was. >> e.j. this morning quotes somebody who says the most noted earnize i earnizing -- modernizing thing this pope did was to retire, get out of the way. could it be at this modern age a pope just can't afford to be seen frail and weakened in the 24/7 news cycle? are we moving beyo
Feb 18, 2013 3:00am PST
that big story about the cruise ship? >> i do. we didn't have the cnn helicopter. fortunately nothing happened in the world over those five days. the anchors were saying, this is sort of like katrina. the guy was like, we're on a cruise ship. it's not like katrina. we're good. >> the whole thing cuts to primal fear. a lot of people are like, you have this visceral reaction to the notion of being stranded on a cruise ship. >> you know what i have a visceral reaction to? being on a cruise ship. >> yeah, don't go on one. that's the first mistake. >> i totally agree. >> being trapped. >> trapped in tiny rooms and then, like, herded like cows to the food. >> how would you like to go on a cruise -- >> with william f. buckley? >> i would do it with william f. buckley. >> mika, surely you would celebrate the all you can eat buffet. >> there's no joe scarborough cruise? >> there will not be. >> we could do a new kind of cruise where people actually exercise. okay. it's president's day, obviously. you can see we're stretching. really, really stretching here. joining us onset, co-anchor of cnbc'